Sarah Hall Studios. Photography by Grant Kernan
St. Paul’s, the original diocesan Cathedral in downtown Saskatoon, has served us well. Originally built in 1910, it was designated the diocesan cathedral when the Diocese of Saskatoon was established in 1933. Eventually, however, St. Paul’s did not have the seating capacity to serve the growing diocesan Catholic community as the location for diocesan events such as ordinations, the Chrism Mass, etc. Because of its historic significance to the diocesan faith community, the Vatican has given permission for St. Paul’s to be designated a Co-Cathedral. St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral will also continue to serve a vibrant faith community in the downtown area.
Building the new Cathedral of the Holy Family was a historic milestone: it was the first Cathedral built specifically for the Diocese of Saskatoon and the first new Cathedral to be built in Western Canada in over 50 years!
The building includes a large, main worship space, large enough to accommodate such diocesan celebrations as the Chrism Mass and ordinations. The building also includes the Catholic Pastoral Centre ministry and chancery offices on the second floor, and the parish offices on the first floor, as well as a Queen of Peace day chapel, a hall, kitchen facilities and several meeting rooms.
Beauty, technology and faith are combined in a unique solar stained glass installation at the new cathedral. The large “Lux GLoria” stained glass south windows high atop the building spire include some 1,000 solar cells permanently embedded into the art glass designed by artist Sarah Hall. The solar cells collect energy for the building. The design of the colourful windows in three large groupings of the panels – red, gold and blue – reflect the colour and movement of prairie skies.
The Saskatchewan State Council of the Knights of Columbus took on the task of helping to raise funds for this unique project, while also encouraging councils in the diocese to contribute through smaller events.
Sarah Hall also designed the five stained glass (non-solar) windows that circle the worship space of the new Cathedral. The windows depict our salvation history, beginning with “Creation” and then proceeding to “Covenant” “Incarnation” “Resurrection” and “Glory.”
An Annunciation mosaic, incorporating two stained glass windows in the cathedral’s Queen of Peace Chapel was also designed by Sarah Hall, and was dedicated in May 2013.
Find more information about the parish of Holy Family Cathedral at https://holyfamilycathedral.ca